Archives for January 2016

‘Action’ call as 26 refugees drown off Greece

[Anglican Communion News Service] Ten children are amongst 26 Kurdish refugees from Iraq who have been confirmed to have drowned off the coast of Samos Island in Greece yesterday, the Anglican mission agency United Society (formerly USPG) say. The 26 dead – including five boys and five girls – are amongst more than 200 who have […]

England-Scotland ecumenical agreement published

[Anglican Communion News Service] A proposed ecumenical agreement between the Church of England and the Presbyterian Church of Scotland is not about “novel doctrinal statements or additional institutional structures, but about growing in communion and partnership in mission, so that people may be drawn to the good news of peace, the gospel of Jesus Christ,” […]

South Sudan bishops appeal for support as new areas hit by conflict

[Anglican Alliance] Bishops from Equatoria, South Sudan, have given harrowing accounts of how recent conflict is affecting local communities and urged the Anglican Alliance and Anglican partners to advocate for relief assistance. Recently the armed conflict that has severely affected the population of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states for two years has spread to Greater […]

New Zealand churches oppose physician-assisted suicide

[Anglican Communion News Service] The ecumenical body which advises church members of the “spiritual, ethical and cultural issues connected to biotechnology and related issues” in New Zealand has responded to a government consultation by stressing its opposition to the introduction of “physician-assisted suicide.” In making its submission, the InterChurch Bioethics Council (ICBC), an ecumenical, cross-cultural body […]

Church of England launches primary school savings club

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of England has launched a savings scheme aimed at helping primary school children to learn about saving while building up a small nest-egg. The LifeSavers programme has been piloted in schools across south-east London, Nottinghamshire and Bradford and is now being rolled out across the country. The LifeSavers scheme […]

Seafarers’ ministry goes digital

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican mission agency Mission to Seafarers has teamed up with the North American Maritime Ministry Association to launch a new international digital center for Seafarers’ Ministry. The MARE project (pronounced mar-a) will bring together a number of seafarers’ ministry organizations to deliver support, information and professional development using social media. […]

Pope Francis apologizes for treatment of non-Catholic Christians

[Anglican Communion News Service] Pope Francis has apologized for behavior towards Christians from non-Roman Catholic churches that “has not reflected Gospel values.” The Pope made his comments during a Vespers service in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome last night attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See, […]

Bishop of Newcastle Christine Hardman takes seat in House of Lords

[Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop of Newcastle Christine Hardman on Jan. 26 become the second female bishop in the Church of England to take her seat in the U.K.’s House of Lords – the upper house of the U.K. Parliament. The ceremony took place the day after her neighboring bishop secured a Lords’ victory over […]

Protect the environment with a candlelit dinner during Lent

[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglicans and other Christians are being challenged to take enjoy a candlelit dinner as part of a series of challenges for a “carbon fast” during Lent. The initiative comes from the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and is being supported by the Anglican Communion’s Environmental Network (ACEN). “For Anglicans, Catholics and […]

Middle East archbishop reflects on Primates Meeting

[Diocese of Egypt] I must confess that as the time neared for the Primates’ Meeting, I became worried and anxious. The reason for this is that I am convinced that the Anglican Communion is God’s gift and value very much the unity among provinces. And yet I was torn because the unity I value should […]